Another road series on the horizone for the Jumbo Shrimp, after a second successful home series completed Monday afternoon. The Jumbo Shrimp are now 7-3 at the Baseball Grounds and leave the First Coast with the highest total home attendance number in all of Double-A baseball. Jax won the final two games over the Mobile BayBears in walk-off fashion – 3-2 on Sunday and 12-11 Monday. Jacksonville (11-14 Southern League South) heads to the Appalachian Mountains to face the Chicago Cubs’ Double-A affiliate Tennessee Smokies. It’s a Wednesday to Sunday series between the Jumbo Shrimp and Smokies.
- The Jumbo Shrimp, which led the Southern League for April’s home attendance, had two walk-off wins to close the series with Mobile. John Norwood provided the dramatics Sunday with a bottom of the 11th walk-off solo homer. Then Monday, Brian Anderson – who had the game-tying HR in the 8th inning – smacked the game-winning double to add to the fireworks. David Vidal, who has the league’s third-best batting average at .333, hit the go-ahead two-run homer Friday to help lead the Shrimp to victory. His team-best hit streak of 14 games ended Sunday. However, Vidal’s 32 hits lead the Southern League, and he has hit safely in 15 of his last 16 games.
- Right-handed relief pitcher Tyler Bremer was released by the Jumbo Shrimp on Monday. The 27-year-old pitched in six games for Jacksonville this year with an 0-2 record and a 9.00 ERA. Bremer, a Baylor product, had pitched in parts of the last three seasons with Jacksonville. He was even a 2016 Southern League Mid-Season All Star.
- Both Jacksonville and Tennessee (15-10 SL North) come into their series on win streaks. The Jumbo Shrimp have the Southern League’s longest win streak of four games, and the Smokies are close behind with three in a row. Wednesday’s game at Smokies Stadium will be Peanut-Free Night. The Smokies will take anything containing peanuts off the concessions menu for the 7 o’clock game. The stadium will also be cleaned and rinsed to remove residue from peanuts on seats and concourses. Expect this to become a normal promotional night for every pro ball club in America.
- Family Faith Night on Saturday, August 5, will have a post-game concert put on by Josh Wilson, a former Christian Songwriter/Artist of the Year, at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. Fans that attend the Jumbo Shrimp-Birmingham Barons game – scheduled for a 6:05 p.m. start – can stay for the concert at no additional cost. Group tickets may be purchased for Aug. 5’s Family Faith Night by calling (904) 358-2846. Learn more about Josh Wilson by visiting his website.
- Obviously the Cubs farm system is not what it was from a few years ago, but that’s one of the main reasons Chicago won the World Series. Smokies pitcher Trevor Clifton – a top-10 Cubs prospect – was drafted in the 12th round out of high school in 2013. At 21, Clifton seems to be matching that projected potential. In four starts for Tennessee, he is 2-1 with at least 5.0 innings in each outing, a 3.10 ERA and teams hitting .230 against him. For fans of IFC’s Brockmire, a cult hit starring Hank Azaria as a baseball announcer, the Smokies have a catcher on their roster with the name Cael Brockmeyer.